Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series presented by Master Gardeners

2014-01-17T17:41:00Z Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series presented by Master GardenersContributed by Gene Matzat Extension Educator-Ag & Natural Resources Purdue Extension-La Porte County nwitimes.com

LAPORTE | Folks are invited to bring their “brown bag” lunch and learn a little about gardening during four lunch-time sessions presented by La Porte County Master Gardeners. Four sessions, two each in La Porte and Michigan City, will focus on aspects of gardening from designing your garden beds in the landscape, to planning what to plant, how to start the seeds indoors to get a “jump” on the growing season, and controlling the weeds so that you can enjoy a productive garden all year long.

Gardening is one of America’s most popular hobbies. According to a recent Greenhouse Management Online study, nearly 164 million homeowners in the US (49%) gardened in the past 12 months. Get a “jump-start” on gardening this year by participating in one or all of the sessions in the Brown Bag Gardening Series, sponsored by the La Porte County Master Gardener Association.

Sessions will be held as follows:

• Wednesday, Jan. 22, How Will Your Garden Grow? Purdue Extension-La Porte County office, 2857 W. State Road 2, LaPorte, IN.

• Wednesday, Feb. 19, Seed Starting, Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St. Michigan City, IN.

• Wednesday, March 19, Landscaping 101, Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St. Michigan City, IN.

• Wednesday, April 16, Weed Wisdom-Methods of Organic Weed Control, Purdue Extension-La Porte County office, 2857 W. State Road 2, LaPorte, IN.

All sessions will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. Central time

Folks are invited to bring their lunch and join in for one or more sessions on these gardening topics. The fee is just $5 for each fun, relaxing session, which includes informational handouts, or $15 for all four sessions. No need to pre-register; just show up.

For more information about the sessions in the Brown Bag Gardening Series, please call Purdue Extension – La Porte County at 219-324-9407. You may also download a flyer at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/laporte; look under “Hot Topics” or “Master Gardeners.”

The LaPorte County Master Gardener Association is one of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service programs and helps fulfill the state motto of “Helping Others Grow” by training volunteers to promote good gardening and horticultural practices. The Association accomplishes this through its volunteers conducting educational activities and projects in the community throughout the year. For more information about the Master Gardener Program or about becoming a Master Gardener, please contact the LaPorte County Extension office at 219-324-9407 or visit www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/laporte and link to “Master Gardeners” or www.hort.purdue.edu/mg/.

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